ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has sought a permission for producing fresh documents before the court in the Flagship reference filed against members of the former ruling family.

During the hearing of the reference in the accountability court on Thursday, NAB’s prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi expressed that the communication regarding the Mutual Legal Assistance was carried out by the Joint Investigation Team, however, the replies on the queries were to be obtained by the anti-graft body.

He argued that the concerned states were informed about the relevant department to which they had to reply on the Mutual Legal Assistance, adding that such letters need to be brought to the court record.

Upon this, the counsel for Nawaz Sharif opposed the proposal of NAB.

A day earlier, NAB had informed judge Arshad Malik that Hassan Nawaz, the son of former premier Nawaz Sharif owns 17 properties in UK.

Testifying before the accountability court on Wednesday, Investigation Officer Mohammad Kamran also submitted some relevant documents with defence counsel Zubair Khalid raising objections to the submission of the documents saying, they were not admissible under the law of evidence.

As many as three references have been filed against the former premier in line with the directives of the supreme court in the Panama Papers case verdict.

The elder Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison by the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir, in the Avenfield reference, however, the conviction was suspended by a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court.

Besides Flagship reference, another reference regarding the Al-Azizia steel mills has also been filed by the accountability watchdog against the members of the former ruling family including Nawaz Sharif.